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to be saying that. let's bring in now senator richard blumenthal, democrat from connecticut. we were just listening together, senator, to harry reid. we are hearing that he is working on another way. what are you hearing? >> well, what i'm hearing is exactly what he just said on the floor of the united states senate, which is our common ground as a nation is to extend tax cuts for everyone with the threshold income of 200,000. that means tax cut extensions up to 250,000, so the vast majority of americans see a benefit. keeping faith with the middle class of america is common ground among democrats and republicans. what is needed now is a compromise that permits the house to go forward. >> so, senator, is senator harry reid working on a different possibility, a different bill than what was just mentioned, the 250,000 that you were also reiterating? >> the majority leader will have to speak for himself on what his negotiations are, but i think from where the end game is in the short term, avoiding the fiscal cliff, everybody agrees has to happen. let's put aside the brings manship and games
, connecticut. i want to bring in "usa today" washington bureau chief susan page and for "the chicago sun times," lynn swede. good morning. let me start with the fiscal cliff, pause because we only ha days left. harry reid declared boehner's plan doa. let me play what he said. >> every time we get down to getting something for the long-term financial security of this country, they take that football and it is a charlie brown episode, they jerk the ball away. >> so, lynn, what is the strategy with plan b? >> well, actually the white house just said this morning that obama would veto plan b, so it may be boehner needs to look for c, d, e and f going into further negotiations because the -- i think the reality is that there is movement on both sides. i think boehner looked -- wanted to look prudent to his members and put out -- float this other plan. and this is all the negotiations. i think they still just have to get more spending cuts, obama has his left flank exposed with his cost of living issues dealing with social security. so i still think they're heading very slowly towards a deal, 13 yea
to see you here. >> good morning, richard. >> number five, the school shooting in newtown, connecticut, and the renewed debate over gun control at number five. >> certainly. that was obviously a horrible event. but it has spurred a conversation about gun control and what we're doing as a country with guns that wasn't going on for years. and that democrats in particular had really turned away but president obama seems to have embraced. now the burden is on him going in to next year, the promise that he's made to address this in the state of the union and really get specific on his proposals but he set the bar pretty high and if he can meet that and change what people are doing in addition to change how people are talking about guns, it could have a real lasting effect on things. >> number four was the first presidential debate on your list. >> yeah. well, anybody that covered that presidential election knows it was pretty static for the entire thing. except for the week and a half, two weeks right after that first presidential debate when mitt romney came on to the stage, he was able to
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